I began to write this article with intent to point out the ways that cell phones have changed our lives. Some believe that cell phones have greater advantages than its disadvantages. My first thoughts were primarily focused on the ‘addiction’ aspect that seems to have replaced the original cell phone usage as a popular communication tool.
I had barely started to write about this when a TV Alert announced the horrific shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Not only was it televised live, it had videos of the hallways and classrooms, sounds of gunshots, screams and cries for help. We were also transported to the crime scene through the cell phone cameras of the victims. This is a new slant and terrifying. We were there with them within the halls.
Students at the high school posted alerts on Twitter and videos on Snapchat while the attack was still underway. During the lockdown, students also texted their loved ones. Some begged siblings and parents to call 911 for help. Some just wanted to tell their families that they loved them. Although viewers were warned in advance that the content was disturbing, it didn’t warn about the emotional impact to one’s gut and heart watching these young, terrified students running with their hands up. Their show of helplessness stirred us personally ..thinking and imagining our own children or grandchildren in their place while we watched the cell phone videos and heard the gun shots as they were happening. And imagining the thinking of the parents who didn’t get a call.
Thank God, they had cellular phones, one of the greatest inventions in the late 20th century. However, these same phones have now have become the newest addiction in the world. I was not feeling friendly about cell phones as I started this article. Although there is need of them in many professions, and our lives, the use of cell phones has inundated its basic need in daily life.
Mobile entertainment is a large pull to many. So are texting messages. We can play games, engage social networking (e.g. twitter, facebook, skype) and compile photo & videos all on your cell phone. Some even call cell phones “the newest cigarette”, as people take it out it quickly while taking a break. It is good to be in contact with family & friends, as the article states but if you spend 5 hours staring at the screen every day, you must be addicted to your phone.
It is believed that cell phones have greater advantages than its disadvantages, and we shouldn’t stop to use cell phone as a popular communication tool. But when cell phone addiction grows stronger and stronger, people would eventually realize how serious this could be.
To put it another way, four out of every 10 people are mobile gamers. More specifically, 2.3 million play mobile games every day, accounting for 6.2 percent of the total cell phone subscribers, including 15 percent of cell phone users in their teens and twenties. People in 21st century are using more time to play games instead of doing regular calling, and most of them are teenagers.
Some believe that modern technology has us all talking to each other and increases our relationships in numbers and quality . Some believe that cell phone addiction could hurt our relationships, even for couples. It can harm their quality of life if one of them constantly has the phone by his/her side and/or has to play with the phone for hours.
We all know the hazards of driving while texting. Every year, a huge number of accidents happen on the road and cause thousands of people’s lives, many of them caused by cell phoning because people are still used to making a call during driving. There are more than 2,000,000 drivers caught by police that dangerously use use cells phone in the car. The whole world is addicted to driving and making calls, which , becomes a global issue. Choosing cell phone addiction over common sense might not only hurt you, but also even take your life. Or find oneself in a ditch.
Multi-functional cell phones have given us convenient pleasure and technology. However, it doesn’t mean it has no negative effect. No matter how helpful the cell phone is, we cannot ignore it’s bad impact to human-beings if they are not cautious. There are need of them in many professions such as doctors, police, responders, etc., which require them in emergency situations. Women are more likely than men to say that getting help in an emergency situation is the thing they like most about carrying a cell phone.
Cell Poll: The average person checks a cell phone 110 times a day. Forty % check it on the john. 12% use it in the shower. 56% check them before sleep. 75% check after they sleep. 61% sleep with the phone turned on. 56% (of parents) check their devices while driving. 77% of parents & teens have argued about smartphone use. 50% of teens admit they are addicted to their cell phones. 26% of car accidents are caused by phone usage. 44% check job-related emails daily while on vacation. 50% of users feel uneasy when they leave their phones at home. What do users like most? Convenience/Convenient. What do they like least? Always reachable / Always connected / People bothering me.
75% of users admit they have texted at least once while driving.
The question that started my inclination to write about cell phones was this one: “However, is it really important for students to hold a cell phone all day long?” After Parkland, Florida, I need to rethink that one.
Marie Coppola February 17, 2018